intrepid ticking issue
I have a 2.7 that ticks upon startup.This is a engine i bought and put in the car i put a pan gasket and timing cover gasket on it.
The engine has no sludge in it whatsoever(Shocking i know).The weird thing is that when it starts up if i shut it off and restart it the ticking sometimes goes away.
When it idles the ticking comes and goes.I really dont want to replace the lash adjusters without narrowing it down to those.I took out the primary tensioner to see if the o-ring was on it and it was.Oh yeah i also ran motor flush through it (thinking if maybe there was dirt in some adjusters it may clean out)also put lucas oil treatment in it,still no change.
Thinking maybe oil pump but can't be sure.Any thoughts or advise would be greatly appreciated.